Contact lenses are a popular choice for vision correction, offering benefits such as reduced stress, better eye hydration, and protection from harmful UV rays. However, for contact lens wearers with diabetes and hypertension, eye safety becomes an even greater concern. According to Mr. Debapriya Mukhopadhyay, Head of Professional Optometry Services at Lenskart, it is crucial to understand the impact of these health conditions on eye health.
Diabetes can pose challenges for contact lens wearers. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect the eye’s natural lens, leading to difficulties in achieving stable vision. It can also cause discomfort, dryness, and blurred vision. Additionally, diabetes increases the risk of diabetic retinopathy, a condition that may require adjustments to the prescription or the use of specific contact lenses.
Individuals with diabetes also face an increased risk of glaucoma and cataracts, which can further impact the effectiveness of contact lenses. Regular eye check-ups are essential for monitoring any changes and addressing complications promptly.
Hypertension, although not directly linked to eye complications like diabetes, can still pose risks for contact lens wearers. Hypertensive retinopathy can cause vision problems, including distorted or blurred vision. Monitoring blood pressure regularly and ensuring it is well controlled can help reduce the risk of hypertensive retinopathy and other related eye complications.
To maintain good eye health, contact lens wearers should prioritize regular eye exams, proper contact lens care, lifestyle changes, medication compliance, and consultations with eye specialists and healthcare providers. By taking proactive steps and staying vigilant, contact lens wearers can navigate the challenges of diabetes and hypertension while ensuring their eye safety and maintaining good vision.